The Bachelor Party

Spring 2008 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Kassie Laughlin


This work was inspired by my interest in the human mind. I often question how the visual forming of thought scientifically works. Through this piece I am forming my conclusion.

I began by building boxes with portions of a complete image. Each box hangs as a representation of a formed memory. Ultimately, the singular box acts as a piece of a puzzle which the viewer must solve. By rotating the boxes the viewer is visually removed from one side of the box, while the other is visible. The viewer must rely on memory when forming a final conclusion about the solution to the puzzle.

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Kassie Laughlin

The viewer is engaged in the mental construction of one reality from multiple parts. I directly connect this process to my own as well as others' theories on the mind's process of visually forming thought.

Gestalt theorized about the same idea, stating that "the operational principle of the brain is holistic, parallel, and analog, with self-organizing tendencies; or, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." It is my goal to represent this theory visually.


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